Homestead: Ken Schrader preview

KEN SCHRADER He's Seen it All at Homestead CORNELIUS, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2008) -- Despite the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway has only been around since 1995, it has seen plenty of changes. Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota ...

KEN SCHRADER
He's Seen it All at Homestead

CORNELIUS, N.C. (Nov. 12, 2008) -- Despite the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway has only been around since 1995, it has seen plenty of changes.

Ken Schrader, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry for Hall of Fame Racing, has been there for all of them.

Schrader competed in the first NASCAR-sanctioned event at Homestead in November 1995, when he drove the No. 52 AC Delco Chevrolet for his own team in the Nationwide Series race. The layout was the original 1.5-mile rectangular flat track that looked like a smaller version of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That layout was changed in 1997 with the turns rounded into a more traditional oval configuration and Schrader drove on the newly designed track in NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series competition between 1998 and 2002.

In 2003, the layout was changed a third time when the banking in the turns was increased from six degrees to 18-20 degrees of variable banking from bottom to top.

Again, Schrader was there and has raced on the current configuration in both Sprint Cup cars and Craftsman Trucks.

While the track has changed, Schrader hasn't. Considered one of the good guys of the sport who will race anything, anywhere at any time, Schrader will look to qualify for his 11th Sprint Cup race for Hall of Fame Racing in Sunday's Ford 400 and end the season on a high note.

KEN SCHRADER, driver of the No. 96 DLP HDTV Toyota Camry:

What are your overall thoughts on Homestead?

"You can run all over the place there because of the banking. You can run high or low in the turns, depending on what your car is doing. Any time you can move around, that's a good thing, compared to the one-groove tracks."

Talk about your time with Hall of Fame Racing in 2008.

"I appreciate the chance that DLP HDTV and all the owners of Hall of Fame Racing gave me to run all the races in the last part of the year. It's a good group of people and they work hard. Hopefully, we can finish out the year strong for them. Any time you can race, it's fun, but when you get to race in the Sprint Cup Series on Sundays, that's the best. And I'm really happy DLP and Hall of Fame Racing gave me the opportunity."

-credit: hofr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ken Schrader
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